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Tigers restore 'the buzz' before return to Europe

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Louis Deacon says Leicester Tigers are ready for the return to European action after successive wins over London Irish and Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership.

Following back-to-back cup wins over the Ospreys and Worcester, Tigers stretched the winning run in all competitions to four games after taking hard-earned points in the league to raise spirits ahead of the back-to-back matches against Montpellier in the Heineken Cup.

“We have let ourselves down a bit in terms of defending and really getting stuck in so that was the focus this week, trying to put that right,” said Deacon after the 22-17 win at Kingsholm on Friday.

“We needed that win. There is a good buzz around the dressing room.

“I thought we played a bit more this week than we have for quite a while. I got my hands on the ball – and got my first offload in about 10 years!

“Nothing was said after their tries because they were out of nothing really – an interception and  a turnover. So we kept calm and that was important.

“The start of the second half was frustrating, there was a lot of kicking and we couldn’t get our hands on the ball. But we always knew it would come, we knew we could get our opportunity and we’re really pleased to get the points.

“In the league we need to keep winning and keep in touch with the top four guys.”

Tigers sit in fifth place in the Aviva Premiership table on 26 points, behind Saracens (36), Northampton (34), Bath (30) and Harlequins (28) after nine rounds and now switch attention to Pool 5 of the Heineken Cup.

“Montpellier is going to be massive so it’s good to go into these games in some form,” said Deacon.

“We’ve challenged each other in training which is having a good effect and showing in the team.

“And there are guys coming in and having a run of games – Graham Kitchener was outstanding tonight, we were 100 per cent in the lineout – and those guys are stepping up which is great.”

Tuigers host Montpellier this Sunday (3pm) and tickets are available now. Call in at Welford Road on phone 0844 856 1880 to book your place, or book online